We have reached that time of year. The point where football events on the calendar creep up that have actual significance. Earlier in the week rookies around the country reported to NFL training camps. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the CAA held its annual Football Media Day. This year's festivities were hosted expertly by Delaware's own Scott Klatzkin, but the news emanating from M&T Bank Stadium was not all good for the First State.
The University of Delaware was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the CAA standings and only two Hens were selected to the Preseason All-Conference team.
UD was sixth among the conference's 11 teams in the annual vote. Villanova was picked to win the league, while three teams (Nova, Towson and New Hampshire) received first-place votes. Richmond and James Madison were also projected to place higher in the standings than UD.
The race for the top may be wide open this season, but the Hens were a 5-6 football team a year ago. On top of that, Delaware lost its final four games and fired its head coach after the campaign concluded.
Middle of the pack seems about the right place for the Hens at this point in time. Not surprisingly, new head coach Dave Brock was not worried about it, and said his team would not pay it much concern either.
"We look at this as a snapshot of what people think about Delaware football today," Brock told bluehens.com on Wednesday. "Ultimately, people will worry about what the final poll looks like after the season is over. That is what our job will be and we are going to go out with a chip on our shoulder and compete.
"Our motivation from a preseason poll isn't going to drive us. We understand what it is and we understand why it is."
My bigger issue is the lack of individual recognition Brock's team received. I guarantee the Hens will finish 2013 with more than two players honored as All-CAA performers. Bobby Kennedy and Zack Kerr will have company from players like Andrew Pierce and Sean Baner in December, mark my words.
Either way though, one fact remains indisputable; Opening night at Delaware Stadium is five weeks from today and it simply cannot arrive soon enough.
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